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Film Laptop Requirement

Posted on: January 28th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

As of Fall 2016, Watkins requires all film students enrolled in FLM 112.01, Tech I, and all production classes taken subsequent to Tech I, to provide their own laptop computers. (see recommendations below)

Starting in Fall 2017, a 15″ MacBook Pro (NOT a Macbook or Macbook Air) with at least 8 GB of RAM and more no more than 2 years old at the time of entering Watkins will be a REQUIREMENT for all majors.  We strongly recommend a padded laptop case and an extended warranty (AppleCare.) Educational discounts are available through Apple.  Please contact Information Technology and Equipment Services with any questions.

Film students may need to purchase some of their software, such as Avid, Pro Tools or Adobe Creative Cloud.  Autodesk products and Microsoft Office can be downloaded by the students (at no cost to the students) from Autodesk and Microsoft.  Enrolled Watkins students will have access to unlimited training services at



Film Internships

Posted on: January 17th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Many internship opportunities are available and The Film School encourages students to take advantage of these resources. The following is a partial list of companies and film productions where students have had the opportunity to intern in the last couple of years:

Film House

CMT (Country Music Television)

Taillight TV

NPT (Nashville Public Television)

Dick Clark Productions

Gomez Photography

Pivot TV – LA

NuMynd Studios


Participant Media – LA

Stoker (Feature Film)

Broken Film Partners

AC. Inc.

Nomadic Independence

A Matter of Time (Feature film)


Anyone’s Ghost (Feature Film)

ABC- TV, Nashville

The Discovery Channel

HiDef Entertainment

Studio W

Film Facilities and Equipment

Posted on: January 17th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison



  • Two production stages outfitted with rolling set pieces that create a variety of shooting opportunities such as the front of a house and/or brownstone and interior rooms including staircases and bookcases and furniture. Both stages have board-controlled lighting grids.
  • Students working in the small sound stage

    Students working in the small sound stage

    Two large digital editing labs with Avid, Final Cut Pro and Pro Tools editing software.

  • Post-production audio/music studios with Pro Tools, two ADR booths, and studio Foley pits for completing dialogue, music and sound design work.
  • 8200 cu. ft mix theater with ProTools HD surround for full Dolby 5.1 film mixes.
  • Color Correction Suite with Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 9.0 with a Tangent 3 trackball Control Surface.
  • Student Writing Lab equipped with Final Draft software for writing screenplays and Microsoft Office.
  • A 200-seat professional movie theater with state-of-the-art projection and sound.
  • Production office for student meetings and other tasks necessary to arrange our 50-plus student productions mounted each semester. Auditions for actors are held every fall and spring,  and more than 200 cataloged head-shots and actor resumes.
on set working on the Fisher Dolly

on set working on the Fisher Dolly


A film equipment room houses all the film school’s production equipment. Students follow industry practices for the check-out and returning of gear. Only students in production classes may check out equipment.

Some highlighted equipment includes:

  •       One Red Scarlet Fully equipped capable up to 6k resolution.
  •       One Panasonic HC-X1000 4k Camera.
  •       Two Arri SR-1 16mm camera packages.
  •       Four Canon 5D Mark III camera packages.
  •       Two HPX 170 cameras.
  •       One Sony EX3 camera.
  •       One GoPro Hero 4 with multiple mounting options.
  •       Two Canon Rebel T5is.
  •       Varying Prime lenses for DSLRs.
  •       Three Mountable Field Monitors.
  •       Four Panasonic DVX100 mini DV camera packages.
  •        A 12’ crane arm and platform.
  •       Digital and Film camera tripods.
  •       Glidecam Steadicam Harness & Arm.
  •       Two Shoulder Mounts for DSLRs.
  •       Four 744T Sound recorders.
  •       Zoom H6N Sound recorders.
  •       Six Sennheiser shotgun microphone kits.
  •       Two Redrock Cages with Matte Boxes and Follow Focus.
  •       A large assortment of grip and lighting equipment including LEDs.

Film Plan Of Study

Posted on: January 17th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

BFA in Film
First Year
ART 101 Art History I ART 102 Art History II
COR 101 Surface Space & Time* COR 102 Research & Practice*
ENG 101 English Comp I ENG 102 English Comp II
FLM 103 Elements of Film Art FLM 112 Tech I
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Second Year
FLM 201 Film History I FLM 202 Film History II
FLM 204 Intro to Screenwriting FLM 210 Production I
FLM 221 Intro to Cinematography FLM 291 Intro to Editing
FLM 261 Intro to Directing FLM 292 Sound I
HIS 101 History of World Civ I FLM 299 Portfolio Review
HIS 102 History of World Civ II
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Third Year
COM 220 Speech Communication FLM 311 Production II
FLM 211 Production II SCI 3XX Natural Science Series
FLM 332 Writing the Short Screenplay Social Science Requirement
MAT 101 Math for the Visual Arts Film Studio Elective #2
Film Studio Elective #1 General Education Elective #1
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Fourth Year
FLM 451 Film Industry Business & Finance FLM 499 Senior Seminar
Film Studio Elective #3 Film Studio Elective #5
Film Studio Elective #4 Film Studio Elective #6
General Education Elective #2 General Education Elective #3
Visual Arts Elective #1 Visual Arts Elective #2
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)

* 6 credit hours

Film Curriculum

Posted on: January 17th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film
Total credit hours: 120

click on any course title for a description

Core Studies Requirements 12
COR 101 Surface Space & Time 3
COR 102 Studio for Research and Practice 3
Film Studio Electives 18
Various Film Studio Electives 18
General Education Elective Explorations 9
FLM 35X Film Studio Electives 3
Various General Education Electives 6
Visual Arts Electives 6
Various Visual Art Electives 6

Film – BFA

Posted on: January 17th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film is designed to give the student a complete education in the artistic, technical, and business aspects of independent filmmaking. Although the program is focused on dramatic narrative film production, students are encouraged to explore other forms of the art, including, but not limited to, documentary and music video production.

All film students take film courses their first year of study and begin production within their second year, depending on their program of study. Classes are small, allowing for faculty mentoring, advising and access to equipment. Close collaboration with colleagues, assisting on student and professional film sets, developing ideas and bringing those ideas to fruition on film can lead to a rewarding and creative career.

Those in the BFA program start with film foundation classes that introduce all aspects of filmmaking to the student. As the program progresses, the student will chose one of the following concentrations

  • Producing
  • Directing
  • Editing
  • Screenwriting
  • Cinematography

taking additional course work in that specific area. In addition, students are also required to complete a visual arts and general education core designed to create a well-rounded filmmaker and visual artist.